Susanna Barla is a creative director, brand specialist and a trend forecaster. As a business executive and strategic advisor to brands, institutions, and startups, this involves facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, understanding business strategy, marketing and communications strategy, design strategy, and how to integrate it all together. But more than any of that, she’s a passionate environmentalist and philanthropist.
What brings it all together is her mission to re-connect people to be in harmony with nature. In order to reach this goal, she employs a strategy inspired by the Nordic Economic model, but adapted to the UK, the US and the rest of the world.
In 2016 she also founded the AYD foundation, a platform devoted to raising awareness of, and giving financial aid assistance for, refugees, as well as to provide long term solutions for them to exist in the world.
Her next step is to bring together initiatives, private and non-profit foundations and brands: creating new business models for future generations. Susanna’s commitment to partnerships sees her frequently on the road building strategic relationships with businesses, impact funds and brands, and includes investments, sponsorships, and new business ventures. With her prior success in marketing luxury products, she wants to bring the same methods to the world of environmentalism – with the ultimate goal of consulting the world’s giant corporates on how to become more eco-conscious. Her motto? “Compete with brands and make caring the new currency”.
Susanna holds a BA cum laude from University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion).
Her 14+ years experience working in brand & business development, marketing & communications, as well as in creative direction in the luxury fashion and design sectors, have led to her working with numerous brands and clients: Maison Martin Margiela, Paule Ka, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, White Cube, BMW, Minotti, DDB Worldwide Communications Group.
Jevan Tan resides in Singapore, graduating with a BA and MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In an earlier professional career, he worked as the Regional Country Head of a well known US Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley International. Currently, Mr Tan incubates new companies and has private equity interests in oil and gas, mining and natural resource developments, food and pharmaceutical distribution, construction and building materials, hotels and real estate developments. He holds various key positions in educational institutions and community organizations in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. As an extension of his work with the youth in Singapore, Mr Tan and his associates intend to establish a non-profit Sustainability Institution and Foundation in Singapore. The organization will have an emphasis on Asia, focusing on sustainability research & analysis, management consulting & financial advisory, and private equity investments . They will also continue to expand their educational life skills and sustainability.
Bert is seasoned Real Estate Investment Banker, family office advisor, part of the ANTI team. He is highly skilled in workouts, troubled debt restructures, foreclosure litigation, litigation management, single and bulk asset dispositions, distressed lending, structured & DIP financing. He has a background in hotel workouts, franchise and union negotiations, hotel asset management, marketing and sale of distressed and performing assets. Extensive experience in underwriting, originating, acquisitions and sourcing commercial loans. Asset management of commercial mortgage portfolios and real estate owned portfolios, marketing, leasing, and sales.
Qualified as a California Real Estate Broker, Counselor of Real Estate, and a Fellow Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Bert is also an Expert Witness in commercial lending, asset management and workouts, litigation strategies, guarantor pursuits, foreclosure strategies. witness and document management.
Creativity is about searching for what is missing, to constantly realign thoughts and expressions to find that moment of insight when everything clicks. We collaborate intensely, with personal passion and our design disciplines – interior, product, graphic, architecture, and strategies – to share our insights with the world.